Happy holiday week, everyone! I have missed writing to you. But as I know many of you understand, life sometimes gets in the way.
May and June were pretty tough months for me. Even though they were filled with fantastic family moments and adventures and great news about my Mom’s clean bill of health, they pushed me to the edge. I was in San Francisco and then Hawaii. I came home and co-hosted a dinner dance for my graduating eighth grader. Then I watched as my sweet 14-year-old and high school senior walked through their alma maters for the last time. We closed out the month with a huge party for our graduates just in time for the summer routine to begin.
I underestimated the emotional toll the graduations were going to take on me. I’m always sad when another one of my babes flies the safe cocoon of our local elementary school (we have three graduated and two to go!) but I was pretty gutted by the high school graduation of my oldest daughter. Anyone who has known me for any time at all knows that I have lived in fear of her leaving our nest. But she is ready…and I need to change my tune. Instead of being sad for me, I need to be happy for her!
Luckily, right in the middle of all the chaos rounding out our spring, I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview and luncheon for Serena & Lily, a beautiful home and design retailer that just opened its first store in Chicago. To my complete surprise, a number of the darling and amazingly successful Chicago bloggers I follow were there and I was able to pick their brains about my little pet project, Monograms & Pearls. They were all so wonderfully insightful and willing to share what they’ve learned in their years blogging.
I started this blog with the idea that there aren’t many local 40-somethings talking candidly about the things rattling around in our brains. Things like fashion, our children leaving, taking care of our aging selves (ugh!!), caring for our parents, updating our tired homes…subjects not really relevant in the lives of the young women I track on Instagram. To my delight, bloggers like Liz Adams from Sequins & Stripes, Kelly Larkin from Kelly In the City, and The Chicago Chic’s Nancy Rahman said I was right. (Hooray!!) And, each of them sweetly told me how much their moms would “love me” (I totally took this as a compliment). So with my new-found and somewhat shakey perspective that my children growing up is a good thing, I do see the silver lining that it’s okay to take a little time to build Monograms & Pearls to what I know it can be.
In the meantime, I ask you to bear with me. This blogging thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. You’re going to see a me talking a little bit more about what I’m wearing which makes my teenage boys cringe. But it will be my first step into showing that you can live life beautifully, fully, and simply.
Thank you for reading and happy, happy July!
P.S. A huge thank you to my dear friends Robin Subar and Becky Gaspard for helping me take some really fun pictures. And an equally big hug to Heidi Stern whose voice I always hear when I’m standing in my closet wondering what to wear. If you like my shirt, shoes, jeans, or bag…you can click here, here, here, and here.